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This show has been commercially released as " Europe '72: The Complete Recordings - All The Music Edition"
Another masterpiece from the tour. Deconstruction here is pointless. The official release is sparkling clear.
Subject: More Europe 72 magic
One great show after another on this tour and this one is no exception. Great Kick-off with a lively Truckin' and a beautiful Sugaree. Pigpen really shines on this show as well - I just love this Good Lovin'. The Morning Dew is sublime and the Sing Me Back Home encore is just gorgeous.
As expected from a Charlie Miller recording, the sound is stunning.
Subject: might be my new favorite Dead show
Notice the few bars of "White Rabbit" afer Chinatown Shuffle?
Not crazy about Donna's contribution to PITB.
Again: shouldn't Dark Star and Morning Dew be one track?
Subject: My new favorite Dead show
This show has a bit of everything that I love about the Dead - the tempos are generally slow, but the intensity is high, and the band is unusually tight, even on the jams. I was drawn to the show for the Dark Star->Morning Dew, and it did not disappoint. I am glad that I didn't skip over the other tunes on my way to this gem, because virtually every song kicks ass, even a few that are not usually among my favorites.
Of particular note, this is far and away the best Casey Jones I've ever heard. I didn't expect this to be the standout here, as early 70s performances of the song usually sound to me like an obligatory performance of a hit song. But here, the band just blazes with an almost frightening intensity.
On another recording of this show, a reviewer mentioned that 1972 was a good time to be in Europe. I couldn't agree more. Consider that Pink Floyd was also touring Europe at the time to debut the songs on "Dark Side of the Moon" - in fact, they were in West Berlin the same night as this show. Must have been something in the air that night in Germany...
Subject: Good Lovin' jam
Jerry and the boys wanna get spaced out and jazzy and Pig is trying to bring it back down to his rap. I think they reach a happy medium and everyone ultimately wins. 5 stars up in your guts for sound and performance.
Subject: PIGPEN & KEITH SHOW
Hey kids, it's another PIGPEN & KEITH Show!
Definitely another "Must Have" show.
Well rehearsed, solid performance, excellent recording, excellent mix, should-a-been released back in 72'.
The boys are still young, fresh, energetic, and the music reflects it.
100% Mickey Free...
Cliff Hucker -
Subject: Amazing Morning Dew!
Another very strong performance, if somewhat less spectacular (with the exception of Morning Dew). Recent upgrades in sound quality have made this show more enjoyable. It's consistently well played. Stand outs include what might be the best ever performance of It Hurts Me Too and of course the superb performance of Dark Star> Morning Dew, the first time that this combination was played together.
The 26 minute Dark Star is superb. It's not as beautiful as the performance of the song at Wembley, or as jazzy as the Rotterdam version. Nor is it as cohesive as the rendition in Copenhagen. Still, it is an excellent and up beat performance of the song that carries its momentum entirely through its duration. The intro theme jam is gorgeous. Following a brief bass solo, there is a lovely duet between Garcia and Weir starting at 7:00 that turns nice and jazzy before soaring back into the pre-verse theme. A second bass solo follows the verse and things get atonal for a while, building in intensity before the first ever segue from Dark Star into Morning Dew.
This performance of Morning Dew is unique and extraordinarily beautiful. Although the rendition on 5/23 seems to garner more accolades, this one is just a bit better in my opinion. Jerry's voice is strong and his interpretation here is highly emotive. He really slows it down and turns reflective prior to the refrain. One of the elements that sets the music of the European tour apart is the dynamics of having two keyboard payers. Nowhere is this more apparent than during this gorgeous performance of Morning Dew. Pigpens swirling organ fills really seem to complement Keith's piano work on the beautiful quiet parts. It's one of the high points of the tour. An interestingly placed drum break follows Morning Dew before the band launches into a great Sugar Magnolia. (96 pts)
Excellent both in performance and sound quality. You can hear a little so called tape hiss in the quieter moments if that bothers you.
high time... -
Subject: 72 Skidoo
This one is a jinglin' janglin' show for sure. Pure. Thank You Mr. Miller for everything you do. Great sound quality and quantity. CLASSIC DEAD.
Subject: No, really, you shouldn't have
Damn. And the hits just keep on coming. As usual, Mr. Miller has done it again. The quality of this mix is only outdone by the quality of the show itself. Many, many standouts here with my favorite perhaps being the Good Lovin'. The groove is more jazzy then anything else and Jerry's lead is just stupendous. Pig's rap is more subdued than many, but it fits perfectly into the vibe of the night. Instead of trying to steal the spotlight, he succeeds in melding with the rest of the group and helps create a great piece of music. Great show, great recording, better mixing. Thanks again, Mr. Miller, you spoil us.